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22,000-acre wildfire scorches land, but no buildings

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The Sunnyside Turnoff fire now stands at 22,000 acres near Warm Springs as firefighters work day and night to try to contain the wildfire.

No homes or buildings have been damaged by the fire, but it kept Kah Nee Ta Resort closed going into Tuesday.

Crews were battling the fire east of Highway 26 and south of the Mutton Mountains. They shut down Highway 3 to public travel, and evacuations remained in place late Monday for the resort and the Charley Canyon areas.

The fire broke out Saturday, and it's believed to be human caused. A subdivision was threatened by the fire on Sunday evening, but escaped the flames as the blaze pushed through the area without damaging any structures.

Families who live in the Sunnyside Turnoff neighborhood said they're glad to be back home.

"In a matter of minutes, I'd say 10 to 15 minutes, that fire just kept rushing down and we had structure engines sitting outside our property," said Evan Cochran, who lives near the fire. "It got really hectic and crazy. Lights everywhere."

Crews have contained 20 percent of the fire, which is being fueled by dry grass and bushes and is surrounded by hills and steep canyons.

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